The south souths governor’s forum kicks over the composition of NDDC board says the governors of the nine oil-producing states covered by the Niger Delta Development Commission set to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the composition of the NDDC board.
The governors said the new board had ignited widespread resentment and demonstrations across the nine oil-producing states.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Mr Fidelis Soriwei said the governors were worried about the composition of the new board after a meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
Dickson said the governors would meet with Buhari in no distant time to discuss the issues of grave concern to them with a view to repositioning the intervention agency for greater performance.
He said they were also disturbed that the NDDC, which was structured to partner the state governments, had not shown the expected level of the requisite collaboration.
He said, “Governors of the oil-producing states who are member states of the NDDC cutting across nine states and across political parties, in accordance with existing procedures and precedence, have held a meeting to review current developments, to discuss our concerns pertaining to the commission.
“We are all unanimously of the view that we are concerned about the governance process of that very critical development agency. We are aware of the general dissatisfaction in the various states in the regions.
“We are also concerned about the way the recent appointments have been made. Arising from all this, firstly we want to use this opportunity to call for calm in all our states following the recent announcement that were made.
“Accordingly, we have decided that as soon as it is convenient for the President, we intend to have audience with him because we are critical stakeholders and the NDDC is a very critical developmental agency that is structured to partner and collaborate with the governors who are critical partners. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much collaboration.
“So, we intend as a body to have audience with the President in no distance time, and as soon as his convenience permits to discuss in greater details our views on some of this critical issues affecting the NDDC so that it will be re-positioned for greater efficiency and then you have an effective governance mechanism, to carry on with their business. That is what we have met and agreed on.”
“The governors called on the people of the oil producing states to be peaceful as they were committed to the resolution of the recent issues through the meeting with Buhari.”